Earlier today Stratasys announced a joint initiative with the DOE (Department of Energy) Oak RidgeNational Laboratory to help develop the FDM 3D Printing process for production use and make it a more mainstream manufacturing process.
This is great news for Stratasys because it means it has the backing -- both financially and scientifically – of Oak Ridge’s expansive R&D facilities, which includes over 4,000 scientists.
The initiative is part of DOE’s goal to reduce the energy usage of U.S. Industry, commercialize new products more quickly, and revitalize the global competitiveness of U.S. Manufacturing.
The project targets two main objectives:
- Develop automated in-process inspection to assure part quality
- Develop a carbon fiber reinforced plastic for the FDM process
See news release & video at: Oak Ridge News